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Channel catfish   (Ictalurus punctatus)
Category: Fish



This species is North America’s most numerous catfish species, widespread throughout lower Canada, eastern and northern United States, and parts of Mexico. They are able to thrive in small and large rivers, reservoirs, natural lakes, and ponds. Their extremely well-developed senses of taste and smell allow these eager omnivores to find food even in the murkiest of conditions



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Siluriformes
Family - Ictaluridae
Genus - Ictalurus
Species - I. punctatus

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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